Archdiocese's vice chancellor is the third B.C. president in organization's 92-year history
By Nathan Rumohr
Barbara Dowding has been elected president-elect of the Catholic Women's League of Canada. Dowding, vice-chancellor of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, was a member of the executive committee elected at the CWL's national convention Aug. 12 to 15 in Edmonton.
Dowding is excited about the new challenge. "There's a new interest in the CWL from younger women because they are starting to understand we do more than just bake," she joked. "We all have great hope. This new executive is forward thinking. We aren't so young in age but we are young in ideas and in vision."
One of Dowding's tasks as president-elect will be to foster a new program called "Catch the Fire." The program, unveiled at the convention, will target young women. "I will be responsible for making sure 'Catch the fire' blazes across the country at all levels," she said.
Dowding's role as president-elect will last for two years, after which she will become president. That would make her only the third president from B.C. in the CWL's 92-year history.